Vintage Anything Goes Recording Released

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The soundtrack to the 1956 feature film Anything Goes is now available in stores.

Decca Broadway recently released the 13-track recording, which features the vocals of Bing Crosby, Donald O'Connor, Jeanmaire and Mitzi Gaynor. The film, based on the Broadway musical of the same name, featured most of Cole Porter's score as well as several tunes written specifically for the motion picture by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. The Porter tracks include "Anything Goes," "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "Dream Ballet" (based on "Let's Do It" and "All Through the Night"), "It's De-Lovely," "All Through the Night" and "Blow Gabriel Blow." The Cahn/Van Heusen songs are "Ya Gotta Give the People Hoke," "A Second Hand Turban and a Crystal Ball" and "You Can Bounce Right Back." The new recording also features three bonus tracks from the 1936 Paramount Pictures version of "Anything Goes," which also featured Bing Crosby: "Sailor Beware" (written by Leo Robin and Richard Whiting), "My Heart and I" (by Robin and Frederick Hollander) and "Moonburn" (by Edward Heyman and Hoagy Carmichael).

Anything Goes — with a score by Porter and a book by Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse — premiered on Broadway in 1934 with the legendary Ethel Merman in the role of Reno Sweeney. Patti LuPone portrayed the sassy nightclub singer in the 1987 Tony-winning revival, which featured an updated book by Timothy Crouse and John Weidman. Elaine Paige premiered the revised version in London, and she was later joined by Barrowman as Billy. Directed by Trevor Nunn, a new National Theatre production recently reopened at London's Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

The 1956 Paramount Pictures film was directed by Robert Lewis. Nick Castle staged the musical numbers, with the exception of the Jeanmaire ballet and "I Get a Kick Out of You"; those were staged by Roland Petit. The film boasted a screen story and screenplay by Sidney Sheldon.

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